Hemingway’s Bar and Restaurant in Bangkok is an altogether charming place in downtown Sukhumvit to enjoy a casual dinner or meet for drinks with friends. Occupying a lovingly renovated teak mansion and surrounded by tall trees, a varied mix of customers fill different sections of the house and grounds.
The lively bar and garden downstairs has a very European bar vibe, particularly after work with many office workers taking advantage of the generous happy hour specials, while upstairs on the veranda or inside the dining room, a more relaxed ambiance allows guests to enjoy the excellent menu of tapas bites, new world dishes and more hearty mains.
The location of Hemingway’s Bar and Restaurant Bangkok could not be better: 10 metres down Sukhumvit Soi 14, guests can walk from Asok BTS Skytrain Station and Sukhumvit MRT Underground in less than one minute, and it’s just a stone’s throw from busy Asok Junction. It is open every day from 11:30 till late with daily happy hour promotions from 16:00 to 20:00.
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The truly charismatic house, built in the 1918, itself has a long and illustrious history, having housed royalty, and more recently the French ambassador to Thailand. Hemingway’s Bangkok has made the most of the house and grounds by creating five different areas, each one reflecting a location associated with Ernest Hemingway; namely, Cuba, Africa, France, Key West, and a beautiful Spanish garden with a central fountain.
The bright lights from Terminal 21 Shopping Mall across the road can be seen through the rich foliage that surrounds the restaurant, and it’s quite amazing that a restaurant in this downtown location can feel so relaxed and secluded.
The international menu is dominated by new world cuisine (characterized by strong Creole flavours originally from Southwestern and Latin America), but combined with some intriguing twists. Peruvian Ceviche is an exciting dish for fish lovers, costing 240 baht it comes with soft morsels of white snapper cooked in lime juice and served in a coconut shell on a bed of ice. Make sure to dig down and enjoy the gentle use of spice and an excellently balanced coconut broth all in one mouthful. Popcorn on the side adds some crunchy texture. Recommended tapas style bites include lightly coated calamari with a tartar dip and mini beef ‘sliders’.
Big eaters will also be comfortably filled by the meat options on the Hemingway menu including a succulent half roast chicken for 340 baht, and a massive pork chop that is sliced and stuffed with spicy chorizo sausage, served with grilled pineapple salsa and mashed potato for 375 baht. This is comfort food, cooked simply but served in western portions that will delight anyone missing a bit of home. Steaks at Hemmingways Bar and Restaurant are exclusively Australian Black Angus, with a 250g Wagyu costing 740 baht.
Sunday brunch at Hemingway’s Bar and Restaurant is making waves in Bangkok, offering a signature Bloody Mary bar where weekend guests can make their own liquid pick-me-up from over 20 ingredients, as well as an a la carte menu of classic Americana in the guise of eggs Benedict, huevos rancheros and steak and eggs.
Drinks at Hemingway’s Bangkok are great value, but especially during the daily happy hour from 16:00 to 20:00. What’s more, there are additional promotions taking place most nights of the week with two-for-one Margarita cocktails on Monday, 50% off the tapas menu on Tuesday, and ladies night Thursdays with plenty of deals for the fairer sex such as buy-one-get-one free.
From their well stocked bar, a full range of domestic beers are complemented by a craft beer from US brewery Anderson Valley, which is hard to find and it’s pretty much the cheapest in town for a real connoisseur’s beer.
The ornate teak mansion is the real star of the show, and it is without doubt the most beautiful setting in Bangkok for a couple of beers in the downstairs garden, or a delicious international meal in the period dining room or upstairs on the terrace. But the reason you will come back to Hemingway’s Bangkok is because of the great value, high quality food and drinks.
Hemingways Bar and Restaurant
- Opening Hours: 11:30 - 01:00
- BTS: Asok
- Address: 1 Sukhumvit Soi 14 (next to Asok BTS Station)
- Tel: +66 (0)2 653 3900
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/hemingwaysbkk